New Benjamins book: Verhoeven

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Experiential Constructions in Yucatec Maya
A typologically based analysis of a functional domain in a Mayan language

Elisabeth Verhoeven
University of Bremen

Studies in Language Companion Series 87

2007. xiv, 380 pp.

978 90 272 3097 3 / EUR 120.00 / USD 180.00

This book combines a fieldwork-based language-specific analysis with 
a typological investigation. It offers a detailed and comprehensive 
analysis of the form and semantics of experiencer constructions in 
Yucatec, the Mayan language of the Yucatecan peninsula in Mexico. 
Since the linguistic expression of experience is not restricted to a 
specific grammatical area the study touches a great variety of 
grammatical fields in the language such as argument structure, 
grammatical relations, possessive constructions, subordinate 
constructions, etc. The empirical analysis of the Yucatec data is 
preceded by a thorough examination of the functional domain and the 
cross-linguistic coding of experience which until now could not be 
found in the literature. This study will be of interest to scholars 
working in the fields of typology and Native American linguistics, 
and especially to those interested in argument structure and the 
syntax-semantics interface.


Table of contents

Contents  vii–x
Figures and tables  xi–xiv
Preface  xv–xvi
Abbreviations  xvii–xxi
1. Introduction  1–11
2. Theoretical preliminaries  13–33
3. Universal and typological aspects of experiential constructions  35–98
4. Introduction to Yucatec Maya  99–150
5. Experiential constructions  151–267
6. Grammatical properties of experiencers  269–289
7. Complementation with experiential predicates  291–327
8. Person and body parts in experiential collocations  329–341
9. Conclusions  343–356
References  357–371
Index  373–380

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